The New City Rotary Club presented its annual $1,000 academic scholarships on Monday to four graduating seniors from Clarkstown North and South high schools. The recipients from Clarkstown South were: Tal Axelrod, Alvin Mathew and Joanna Perez. Ethan Santore, who is graduating from Clarkstown North, also received a Rotary scholarship. Elisabeth Maurer, a senior at Clarkstown North, was chosen for the $1,000 Harris Berger Memorial Scholarship.
Bart Silverman, chair of the Rotary’s Academic Scholarship Committee, shared some of the accomplishments of the young adults.
Perez received the South Award for Excellence in English, Social Studies and Algebra. She was named the MVP of the Varsity Bowling team and was a member of the school chorus. The New City resident will attend Manhattanville College in the fall.
Santore is a member of the National Honor Society, Computer Club, and is an AP Scholar. He plays alto sax and is a volunteer with the New City Ambulance Corps. The Congers resident is enrolled in Stony Brook’s pre-dental program.
Mathew is also a member of the National Honor Society and the student council. He volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Mathew of West Nyack will attend Carnegie Mellon.
Axelrod is a member of the National Honor Society and plays Varsity Tennis. He is a member of the Viking Voice and a People to People Ambassador. The West Nyack resident will attend the Northwestern School of Journalism.
Madelon Berger awarded The Harris Berger Scholarship in memory of her husband, Dr. Harris Berger, to Elisabeth Maurer of New City. Maurer is a member of Interact, Rotary’s high school affiliate, and an organizer of Hoops For Dana and Hoops For Hope and volunteers with the American Heart Association. She will study child psychology at the University of Wisconsin.
The other members the Academic Scholarship Committee are: Allan Goshin, Tammy Schwartz, Lenore Congemi, Steve Arietta, Sheldon Horowtiz, Jonathan Torma and Steve Botto.